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CIGS solar cell alternative aim for imec and Flamac

imec and Flamac will develop novel semiconductor materials for solar cells under a new collaboration. The goal is to replace CIGS PV designs, studying novel materials with a PVD/PECVD tool and analytics.

December 28, 2011 — Research group imec and Flamac, a division of SIM vzw (Strategisch Initiatief Materialen in Vlaanderen or Strategic Initiative Materials in Flanders), will develop novel semiconductor materials for solar cells under a new collaboration. The goal is to replace copper indium gallium and selenium (CIGS) solar PV designs with novel materials.

The team will use a new physical vapor deposition (PVD)/plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) tool at Flamac for the study. With 8 process chambers, the automated PVD/PECVD tool deposits various thin film materials onto substrates, and can be used with high-throughput analytic tools.

imec’s thin-film solar cell research efforts are part of the Solliance Collaboration platform in the Eindhoven/Leuven/Aachen (ELAT) region. imec also works on silicon-based solar cell advancement.

Also read: imec EU PVSEC update on thin-film PV

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Further information on imec can be found at www.imec.be.

Flamac is a research centre in high-throughput methodologies that supports the chemical and materials industries. It offers its services in either collaborative or multi-disciplinary government-sponsored research projects as well as in bilateral contract research. Flamac is a division of the Strategic Initiative Materials (SIM). SIM is subsidised by the Flemish Government.  Its mission is to enhance strategic collaboration between knowledge institutes and the materials & chemical industries in Flanders. Internet: www.flamac.be.

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